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Black Toad Dark Ale - Black Toad Brewing Co.

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Black Toad Dark AleBlack Toad Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

412 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Toad Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-28-2002)
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Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

12 oz bottle with a best by date of october 22, 2009 poured into a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours a very dark brown colored body. ruby red can be seen around the edges when held up to the light. a small khaki colored head forms and quickly becomes no more than a crown.

S- roasted malts and sweet milk chocolate are the first things i notice. a small amount of coffee/hops at the end.

T- the roasted malts and chocolate come through strong. theres also some coffee/hops at the end, just like i could smell. theres really not much else. it tastes good, its just really not complex at all.

M- a little thinner than i would have liked. pretty smooth despite the high level of carbonation for the style.

D- easy to finish and at one dollar a bottle, this is a fantastic bargain. something ill pick up again and a pretty good porter. im not sure its as good as alot of the eastern european porters, but its different. check this one out, trader joes has some pretty good "no name" beers.

jwinship83, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of 1fastz28
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

pours a deep black color with a slighty frothy almost stout like head. smell is of chocolately malt no hop of yeast aroma. taste is pretty good, so far the best from trader joe's that i've had over the past few days. the beer also has a nice mouthfeel to it, rich and thick full of flavor and body. good beer overall

1fastz28, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Natural510
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

Picked this up at a local Trader Joe's.

Poured an okay head with a nice dark brown, almost-black color. There were coffee, chocolate & toffee notes, but none of them made the brew too sweet. Malt & hops were present, but everything complemented each other, making the overall taste very smooth with a nice finish.
All in all, quite tasty and smoothly drinkable. I'll definitely pick up a sixer of this again.

Natural510, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of GMB
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%

A standard pour of JosephBrau Brewing Company's Black Toad's "Distinctive" Dark Ale yields a seal-brown body that turns ruby red when held up to the light. The sandy head barely makes an appearance, and disappears quickly, though it does leave a thin island cap of semi-sticky foam as a memento. Carbonation was overly excited immediately following the pour, but quickly settled.

Like many of JosephsBrau's offerings, this beer smells sweet. Slightly burnt toffee, freshly baked brown bread, soy sauce, braised prunes.

The taste develops and departs from the nose. Burnt toffee and brown bread are ever present but not overpowering. Subtle notes of dark chocolate and dark-roast coffee appear in the middle and linger. Dry-braised prunes and dates emerge towards the back end and mingle. Nutty flavors are subdued, but manage to slip in here and there; toasted almonds come to mind. If the mouthfeel were fuller and the foam creamier, I'd think I was chewing on a piece of rye bread with prunes, almonds, and a hint of chocolate.

The dark dried fruit flavors in Black Toad certainly do make it a "distinctive" dark (i.e., brown) ale. I'll be revisiting this beer soon.

GMB, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of hungryghost
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

Deep, dark color, can still see through if held up to light.
Nice smelling beer. Toasted malt, hint of caramel.
Tastes very much like it smells, malty with slight amount of hop flavour. Another reviewer mentioned a nuttiness to it. I would go a step farther and say a bit like roasted nuts, maybe coffee. Very slight.
Beer is a little thin, not too bad.
This is a very drinkable beverage. Good with food.

hungryghost, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of sicilian
4/5  rDev +11.7%

sicilian, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4/5  rDev +11.7%

IchLiebeBierZu, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +11.7%

zonker17, May 18, 2013
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Another baragin at Trader Joe's in Cambridge. At $5.29 a six, the quality was really surprising. It pours a dark brown with a very nice, creamy head. Smell is distinctly malty, yet there was a definite hop note. Taste is malty with a smoky quality. Light hop notes on the finish. Smooth and easy to quaff on the drinkability scale. Mouthfeel is very nice...smooth, with a nice creamy quality.

edchicma, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of UncleBuccs
4/5  rDev +11.7%

UncleBuccs, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of bradybeer
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Bought this beer because my wife thought it sounded good-and she was right. Pours a dark, deep brown with little head retention. Hops aroma is minimum and there is a roasted malt aroma. Taste is good I pick up a toasted malt finish with little hop bitterness. Mouth feel is medium and drinkability good. Nice beer. Nothing outstanding, not a robust American porter-but a good drinking beer.

bradybeer, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +11.7%

bought at Trader Joe's in Pittsford on 3/23/13. Price $ 1.09.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large glass tumbler, served at room temp.

appearance: very, very dark amber supports a thin tan head. spotty lacing.

aroma: some lightly toasted chocolate malt.

mouthfeel: decent, pretty good actually.

taste: a nutty, brown bread with just a hint of cocoa.

notes: It's not Goose Island Nut Brown Ale but it is easy drinking and for the price, a good value. Would buy again.

fx20736, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of TeamUgly
4/5  rDev +11.7%

TeamUgly, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Belize2000, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

wendylg, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Beermazter310, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of bh123
4/5  rDev +11.7%

bh123, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of habaceeba
4/5  rDev +11.7%

habaceeba, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of TKHawn61
4/5  rDev +11.7%

TKHawn61, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of zbloom
4/5  rDev +11.7%

zbloom, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +11.7%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Appearance: Dark Brown in color with a thin laced head.

Smell: Sweet and deep roasted coffee and nut smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Those deep roasted malts of roasted nuts are very strong up-front and are maintained throughout the life of the beer. A sweet, almost milky flavor comes in near the end. There is a slight carbonation feel to it. The aftertaste is akin to coffee.

Drinkability: Very nice addition to the Trader Joe line-up. If I lived close to one, I would definitely grab a few more of these, but in the meantime, I'll just savor the ones I have.

July2Nov, Aug 27, 2010
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

NeverSettle, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of ThisDudeAbides
4/5  rDev +11.7%

ThisDudeAbides, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Lightman
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Lightman, Sep 29, 2013
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.